ANTIQUE African ARTIFACTS
Hats SHONA Mbira PIANO Beads COMBS
Featured here is an Important Collection
of Antique African Artifacts.
We have here another wonderful find in this
Important Collection of Antique African Artifacts.
We have been told that these items originally
belonged to an early African Explorer-Type Person. Some of these
items are older than others. In addition, we are not certain
from which Tribes or countries they may have originated.
This collection is composed of various items
including Sun Hats, various types of Beads and Beaded Jewelry,
Metal Chokers and Bracelets, a Mbira - thumb piano, Hair Combs,
Spear, Bowl, Baskets, Large Beads, One Shell, One Small Rock,
one Wooden Knob.
Specifically, the group is composed of the
following items in the order shown in the photographs which
we have provided for your inspection:
2 Basket-Weave Sun Hats
The smaller Sun Hat has an approximate
11 inch Diameter while the larger one has a Diameter of about
12 1/4 inches. They have a most interesting dense weave and
possibly suggest farmers' hats in a sub- Saharan extremely arid
The smaller of the two retains one remaining
original Leather Tie strip for securing under chin while the
larger sun hat has very old elastic for holding in place. We
believe that the elastic was probably added after the original
creation of this hat, but still appears to be extremely aged
- with just about complete loss of its stretchiness - and -
quite soiled from many years of wear out in the fields. We are
hopeful that you might be able to identify the Tribe or Country
from the various views in the photographs.
1 Sticking Knife
This Knife - including its beautiful Hilt
- measures about 5 1/2 inches in length. Its Exquisitely executed
Sheath is about 3 7/8 inches in length and in addition to featuring
exquisite carvings, has also been given an added Jewelry type
feature of Copper 'binding' wrapped in an artistically Expert
Fashion. The Wood used is both Dark and Light in Tone.
We have been told by several knowledgeable
collectors that an animal for slaughter was either stuck with
a knife like this and left to bleed out- or killed first - and
- then hung to bleed out.
1 Mbira or Kalimba
We have also been told that it also known
as a Likembe as well as a Mbila; that this is an African Thumb
Piano of the Shona people in Zimbabawe.
It measures nearly 10 inches in length
and has a width of about 5 3/4 inches. It makes a very interesting
sound when strummed. You can see that this is a completely handcrafted
piece with no artistic added elements.
2 Hair Combs
The Larger Comb - is quite Impressive
and exquisitely executed by an extremely talented Artist. It
measures about 9 inches in length and has a width, measured
across upper edge of nearly 3 inches. It appears to have been
crafted of a Hardwood - most likely Ebony - and is Magnificently
detailed on both sides.
The Smaller Comb - is beautifully woven
and also incorporates what appears to be knotted string within
its design. It measures about 6 inches in length and has a width,
measured across its upper edge - of about 1 1/3 inches.
1 Beaded Round Choker-Type Ornamental
We are really not certain what this beautiful
piece is. At first glance, it appears to be a Choker/Necklace
- however - there is no way to open it for placing over one's
head. It evidently is for some other ornamental purpose. It
has an inside diameter of only about 4 1/2 inches and is made
of extremely tiny Brown and Beige Beads - first strung on a
very thin - but very strong thread - and then wrapped around
a rounded base. The rounded under-base also appears to have
been hand-crafted. It is difficult to know for sure what it
is actually made of - or its manner of construction.
3 Flat Strips of beading + some loose
These were possibly for adding to another
item - or as stand-alone ornamentation.
This appears to be beautifully woven Bead
Work in various earth tones of Russets, Creme tones, and Rose-Beiges.
The longest strip has a length of approximately 19 inches; the
others are shorter. Their width is about 5/8 of an inch. They
seem to incorporate about 6 beads running across - in Color
Block Fashion while we also have some with a Design. Perhaps
this is a Tribal Identification.
Both are composed of Brown and Rose-beige
Pink Little Beads.
One measures about 18 inches and has a
width of about 5/8 of an inch. Its pattern is that of Two Center
Beads in the Rose Beige running all around - while the edges'
beads alternate colors and direction.
The Smaller, thinner Necklace has a length
of about 17 inches and is about 1/4 inch in width. The theme
if its bead work is similar, but not exact, to the above-described
1 Small Animal Spear
This wonderful Handcrafted Spear measures
about 15 1/2 inches in length. We can see from all of its visible
marks that it had been hand-beaten. We believe it was most likely
used to spear small animals, possibly a deer or smaller antelope.
Hard Metal Round Chokers and Bracelets
This group is composed of 8 Round Chokers
and 25 Bracelets. The Chokers' Diameters range from about 4
1/2 inches to about 5 inches. The Bracelets' Diameters range
in Diameter from about 2 1/4 inches to about 4 inches.
As shown in the many photographs of this
group, the Chokers all have an opening, have different sizes
and may possibly have been executed in Bronze.
The Bracelets are quite interesting and
have been conceived and executed in varying styles. Some might
be Brass. What works of art they are!
This Bowl's Diameter is about 10 inches
and has been made of a light wood with quite a Dense Grain.
It is the type of wood that would lend itself both to shaping
and also to holding liquid contents.
4 Glass Beads, One Small Shell and
One Small Rock
We are fairly sure that the 4 Beads are
made of Glass. The larger one is about 1 1/4 inch in width while
the other three are about 3/4 of an inch. They have a kind of
soft grey-ish/blue-ish cast.
The Sea Shell has a width of about 2 1/4
inches and features lovely 'threaded' lines and beautiful brown
The Small rock is about 1 3/4 inches long
at its longest area and features soft lovely colors and markings.
Two Baskets and One Wooden Knob
The Baskets do not appear to be as old
as the other items listed here. One is round and has a diameter
of nearly 12 1/4 inches. The other is Oval and measures about
8 inches by about 11 inches. The Wooden knob appears to have
quite a bit of age. We are really not sure as to what it originally
This wonderful Collection of Antique African
Artifacts is quite a treasure and should be a fantastic addition
to your own African Art collection. It can only continue increasing
in value as more and more time goes by bringing you much pleasure
and very many compliments.
How nice to have this for
yourself - or - as a treasured and well-appreciated gift for
that very special person in your life!
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